MIA--Missing in America

by Matthew Davison

Poem


Dog Days - A Blast from the Past

by Penny Deere

Prose


A Door to the Future

by Louise Eisenbrandt

Poem


Ella's Submarine

by David Ludlow

Prose


Lonely Soldier

by Jason Bartley

Array


Drifting Wood

by William Snead

Poem


An Encounter at the VA Hospital

By John Swainston, Army

Writing Type: Poem

 By John L. Swainston

VA Medical Center--Kansas City, MO                       

 

Today I went to the VA Medical Center for a Consult.

In the waiting room half the chairs were covered.

Social distancing.

 

I looked around for a place to stand and saw him.

His cover: 25th Infantry Division.

Tropic Lighting–the Electric Strawberry.

I walked over, asked if it was okay to talk.

 

“Sure.”

I told him that I had served with the 114th MI Detachment.

A Reserve Round-out to the 25th when I lived in Hawaii.

We talked.

A few minutes later I looked at his cover again:

 

Combat Infantryman Badge.

Bronze Star with V.

Two Purple Hearts.

 

He told me that he was in Vietnam 1968--69.

I did not ask, trying to be polite, but he told me:

“Yup, shot twice, once in the leg and then in the left shoulder,

 above the heart, lucky that day.”

 

George was a: Negro, African American, Black American,

Black and some called him "N."

NO.

He was none of those.

George was--

 

A true American hero.

 


My Death Defying Life as a Soldier

by Dr. R. Douglas Iliff

Prose


Daddy's Hand

by Dan Yates

Poem


Remote Control

by Lynn Norton

Poem


Ella's Submarine

by David Ludlow

Prose


Joyful Expectancy

by Nila Bartley

Array


Who?

by Neal Morrison Jr

Poem